Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/21/13
Jason Heyward was struck in the right jaw by a Jonathan Niese pitch in a scary moment during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s Braves-Mets game and suffered a broken jaw according to a source familiar with the situation. Heyward was taken to a New York hospital for X-rays which revealed two fractures. Heyward is expected to miss four to six weeks. Heyward had been a key catalyst during the Braves recent 20-4 run. He was batting .349 (30-for-86) in the past 22 games since Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez moved him into the leadoff spot with 24 runs and 15 RBIs. Heyward and Braves trainer Jeff Porter stayed behind at a Manhattan area hospital and the Braves did not have an immediate update before leaving after the game for St. Louis. Heyward was hit by a 90 mph four-seam fastball in the side of the face near the right ear flap of his helmet from the left-hander Niese and immediately went to the ground. Heyward was tended to by Braves trainer Jeff Porter for a few minutes as he laid on the ground at home plate. Eventually he was able to get up and walk off gingerly on his own.
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